Has he stopped talking — make that yelling — yet?
Donald Trump, that is.
Many Americans condemn the bombastic billionaire for saying mean, goofy and even scary stuff. But some of us, regardless of ideological inclination, were sore at him Thursday night — and Friday morning — for keeping us up past our bedtimes.
Still, that 75-minute ranting marathon of an acceptance speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland merely epitomized much of what has gone wrong with U.S. politics.
Plenty of us aren’t just tired of listening to over-long speeches by politicians. We’re tired of listening to overwrought analyses of a 2016 presidential race that revved into full-froth fury way back in the summer of 2015.
The reassuring news:
This beyond-endurance test will end one day — Nov. 8.
The regurgitating news:
Either Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president.
Meanwhile, “Dangerous Donald” will persist with his self-praising pontificating.
And with the Democratic convention starting Monday in Philadelphia, brace for the incoming torrent of tedious platitudes from “Crooked Hillary” and her partners in left-wing propaganda.
OK, so prepare, too, for more TV, radio and yes, print-media punditry from self-anointed know-it-alls.
Yet for the most revealing assessment of the mess that is “Decision 2016,” check out an insider’s insight from a story in Friday’s paper by intrepid Post and Courier colleague Emma Dumain, who reported from the chaotic convention scene way up yonder in Ohio.
As S.C. delegate Katon Dawson, ex-chairman of the state GOP, aptly summed up the strained — and strange — state of party unity behind Trump: “The noses are all held now. We’re all on board. Four Supreme Court justices keep us glued together. That’s what keeps us glued together.”
Just don’t let the next 3½ months of this trial by political ordeal leave you unglued.
As an enlightened Persian poet put it very long ago:
This, too, shall pass.
Like it or them or not, Trump and Clinton won their nominations by getting the most primary-season votes in their parties.
And before citing either, or both, as evidence of self-government’s folly, ponder this enduring wisdom:
“At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper. No amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.”
1) Name who said the immediately preceding quote.
2) Name who overstayed his welcome during a 1988 convention speech that eventually elicited loud groans from the audience, and even some shouts for the long-winded perpetrator to cease and desist.
3) Name who said, “I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation-building.”
4) Name who said, “We must abandon the failed policy of nation-building and regime change ...” And complete that sentence.
5) Name who said: “They’re not booing. They’re yelling, ‘Cruuuuuz.’ ”
1) Winston Churchill, then British prime minister and an indispensable force in saving the world from a much worse fate than a first President Trump or a second President Clinton, delivered that reassuring reminder in the House of Commons on Oct. 31, 1944.
2) Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, overtaxed delegates’ patience by rambling on for 33 minutes — more than twice the scheduled duration — while putting Michael Dukakis’ name in nomination at the Democratic convention in Atlanta on July 18, 1988.
3) George W. Bush said that during a presidential debate with Al Gore on Oct. 11, 2000.
4) Trump started a sentence with those words during his acceptance speech Thursday night, then ended it with “that Hillary Clinton pushed in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria.”
5) I said that — make that yelled that — while watching the GOP convention Wednesday night, then yelled it again a few times Thursday, annoying several co-workers.
Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is email@example.com.